Izzy's Infantry Meets with Congressman Lance

On August 16, 2017, our president and co-founder Sonia Rita and Isabel had the honor of sharing our mission with Congressman Leonard Lance, who co-sponsored the STAR (Survivorship, Treatment, Access and Research) Act.

This bipartisan legislation aims to advance childhood cancer research and child-focused treatment as well as provide resources for survivors and those affected by childhood cancer.

We deeply appreciate the work Congressman Lance has put in to ensuring that more children fighting cancer can become survivors and live better lives after cancer.

Sonia Rita
Go Grey in May for Brain Tumor Awareness

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month which encompasses all CNS (central nervous system) tumors, including the one Izzy, who is our inspiration, has wrapped around her spinal cord.

Izzy's tumor is quite large as it spans her spinal canal (reference spine image) from the first cervical vertebra (C1) to the sixth thoracic vertebra (T6). She also has titanium plates and rods to help stabilize her spine at T4 since the neurosurgeon had to remove the back part of of her vertebra to relieve some of the pressure the tumor was putting on her spinal cord in a procedure called a laminectomy.

Her tumor will always be there - dead or alive. The immune system is what cleans away dead cells for us to excrete them. However, the immune system doesn't typically clean up cells from the CNS, which means Izzy will live with that tumor as is for the rest of her life (unless some technology comes along in her lifetime that can help her without too much risk).

This is what Izzy has been battling since she was 12 months old - and probably even before that, we just didn't know it. This and the side effects from chemo is what she's had to overcome to get to where she is.

We ask that you Go Grey in May and everyday. Go Gold everyday. Izzy shouldn't have to endure this. No child should.

Sonia Rita
Dancers Against Cancer Raises more than $8,000

Five dance studios in Westchester and Putnam Counties in New York took the Yorktown Stage on January 21 to benefit Izzy’s Infantry. The event was organized by Alexis Diaz Menendez, owner owner of Street Beatz Dance Studio in Cortlandt Manor. Other studios participating were: Spotlight Studios of Dance & Performing Arts, Dance Expression, Star Struck and The Pulse.

Between ticket sales, a 50/50 raffle, and auction items, the event raised $8,200 for Izzy’s Infantry.

Jordan Best
Good News for Izzy’s One-Year Scans

Join us in congratulating our inspiration, our very own Izzy Warrior Princess on her clear scans after being one year chemo-free. On February 10, Isabel’s oncologist extended the time between her MRIs from every three months to every six. Her tumor remains stable after one year off from chemotherapy treatment. Way to go Izzy!

Jordan Best